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Today’s main footballing stories
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is the target for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho this summer.
Manuel Pellegrini may be heading to Napoli this summer, if he is sacked by Manchester City.
Chelsea are to open contract talks with Jose Mourinho whose current deal does not end until the summer of 2016.
Southampton are hoping to tie down Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin to new long term deals by offering whopping pay rises to the pair.
Former Stoke manager Tony Pulis says current Potters’ boss Mark Hughes should not get all the credit to leading the team into eighth spot in the Premier League table.
Chelsea will give Jose Mourinho £75m to spend on new players this season.
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard says every player cheats in a bid to win football matches. The 34-year-old says: “Players want to win so much. Players will try every trick in the book to get over the line.”
Leicester are hoping to extend the contracts of six players whose deals come to an end in the summer. They include Esteban Cambiasso and Matthew Upson.
UEFA president Michel Platini is ‘concerned’ at the behaviour of players who try to intimidate referees into giving them favourable decisions.
West Ham could be without James Tomkins for the rest of the season after being injured during training. It is feared he is suffering from a dislocated shoulder.
American businessman Josh Harris is still interested in buying Premier League club Josh Harris.
Jackie McNamara has blasted Celtic, criticising them for trying to get one of Dundee United players banned from this Sunday’s Hampden final. He is upset manager Ronny Deila and Anthony Stokes called Aidan Conolly a diver.

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